There is a compelling business case for more diverse boards and leadership teams. We are committed to achieving a better gender balance at the senior levels of Irish companies.

In May 2019 we set targets of 33% female representation on boards of ISEQ 20 companies by 2023 and 25% for other listed companies.

We also set a target of no all-male boards by the end of 2019.

Targets for Boards Listed Companies

In November 2019 we set targets of 30% for the leadership teams of ISEQ 20 companies by 2023 and 25% for other listed companies.

Targets for Leadership Teams Listed Companies

For large Irish-owned private companies, we set targets of 30% female representation on boards by 2023 and 35% for leadership teams.

Targets for Private Companies

Brid Horan

Brid Horan


“We must significantly increase the number of women in senior leadership roles in Ireland in order to benefit business and the Irish economy. Progress has been made but we need to continue to drive change by placing gender balance at the centre of the agenda for boards in Ireland.”

Gary Kennedy


“There are still a significant number of Irish companies that have only one woman on their board. We are calling for an end to tokenism and encouraging businesses to address real change on their boards. This has to start with an urgent move to address listed companies in Ireland with no females on the board.”

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